St. Joseph the Worker Church



Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 20, 2020 is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday - Mass will be offered at 10:00am instead of 12:15pm. Parish office will be closed.



ANNUAL WALK FOR LIFE
WEST COAST 2020

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Join fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 16th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on January 25, 2020.

Celebration of Holy Mass, 9:30AM
Celebrant: Archbishop Alexander Sample, Portland, OR.
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption
1111 Gough St, San Francisco

Silent No More Awareness Campaign

10:45AM to 12:15PM - Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

Info Faire

11:00AM to 12:30PM - Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco

Visit the Oakland diocesan table at the info-fair, listen to inspirational speakers and march to defend life.

Walk for Life Main Event

12:30 - 1:30 - Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
Rally: 12:30 to 1:30PM
Walk: 1:30PM

The rally begins at 12:30PM in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk, down Market Street, begins at 1:30PM. Last year's Walk drew 50,000+ people. For complete information about the Walk, visit www.walkforlifewc.com or call 415?658?1793.

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How Does Jesus Rank in Your Life?

Today's readings provide clear and inspiring reminders of the most fundamental aspect of our identity — that of servants of our most high and holy God, His modern-day disciples.

John the Baptist recognized the holiness of Jesus and the response due to Him when he encountered Christ in person on the day they met at the Jordan River. His response, which we read in our Gospel passage from St. John was, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world… He is the one of whom I said, 'A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.'"

What a powerful description of our Lord and the place He should rightfully have in each of our lives. He is truly our Savior, the only one who can free us from our sinfulness. We are utterly and completely dependent on His power, love and mercy. Therefore He truly does "rank ahead" of us; he deserves to be first, above all other priorities and plans in our lives. Let us examine our daily lives and encourage our children to do the same.

Does the way I spend my time reflect that God comes first? Do prayer and weekly Mass, regular confession and time with my family "rank ahead" of everything else on my calendar? Do I use my talents, skills and energy to serve my family, parish and community in thanksgiving and recognition that God's kingdom ranks ahead of any other goals or ambitions? Do I spend my money and use my material possessions so as to glorify God?

Challenge questions, to be sure. But questions worthy of our high calling as Christian disciples in service of our Lord and His kingdom. What will our response be?



Asking Our Blessed Mother For Help

Do you ever feel like you could use some help approaching God in your prayers? The Memorare is a prayer that reminds us that we have a wonderful advocate and protector in the mother of our Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In our prayers to her we honor and worship her Son, who is more than happy to listen to His mother's pleas on our behalf.

The Memorare, printed below, invites us to ask the Blessed Mother for her assistance and her grace, especially when we feel most troubled in our daily lives.

Memorare

REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.







PROTECTOR OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH



PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH IN TRIALS OF THE CHURCH

"To you, O Blessed Joseph, we come in our trials, and having asked the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently ask your patronage also.

Through the Sacred bond of charity which united you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the fatherly love with which you embraced the Child Jesus, we humbly beg you to look graciously upon the beloved inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and to aid us in our necessities with your power and strength.

O most provident guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ. Most beloved Father, dispel the evil of falsehood and sin.

Our most mighty protector, graciously assist us from heaven in our struggle with the powers of darkness. And just as once you saved the Child Jesus from mortal danger, so now defend God's Holy Church from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.

Shield each one of us by your constant protection, so that, supported by your example and your help, we may be able to live a virtuous life, to die a holy death, and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen."



Legion of Mary Invites you to pray the rosary.

You are welcome to join us on Sundays.

We pray the Rosary every Sunday after the 8:00 am Mass in English and after the 11:30 am Mass in Spanish.

If you are not able to pray with us perhaps you can send us your prayer intentions. Send to: gloria@stjosephtheworkerchurch.org. We will gladly include them in our prayers.